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George Gardner Symons, American, (1863–1930)
Winter, n. d.
Oil on canvas
20 1/4 in. x 25 in. (51.44 cm. x 63.5 cm.)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Painting
Creation Place: North America, USA
Credit Line: Gift of General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young
Accession Number: YO59

"American Reflections", Pomona and Scripps College galleries, 12/84-12/87 (11 museums).

Oil paint on canvas.

Object Description
"Winter" is an example of Symon's most typical subject, treatment, and composition. Forming a series of receding planes, the snow-covered hills slope inward from the edges to the center of the canvas, resulting in a complementary and rhythmic sequence from foreground to background, providing the illusion of deep space. The diagonal arc of the river coming from around the hill reinforces the feeling of distance and rhythm.

Symons makes generous use of color. The rich tints of green, blue and violet give depth and vibrancy are are especially effective in the underpainted areas of shadowed snow. The river, on the verge of freezing, is a deep glassy blue. The rim of the horizon is suffused with the pale mauve glow of a late winter afternoon as the sun disappears. "Winter" shows Symons at his best and most eloquent.

- Mary M. Longtin

For more information, please refer to the American Reflections exhibition catalogue.

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